Reimagining American Community
Oct
27

Does North American cultural history provide for a ‘third option’?

There is an ideal of peace, order and good government in Canada which is in some ways profoundly conservative, yet which opens itself up to considerations of social embeddedness and common good that have largely been the stock-and-trade of the political left. There has been, in short,
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Oct
21

Moral Hyper-complexity and Collapse

This post is adapted from the essay, “Babylon’s Falling: Recovering an Exilic Christian Consciousness,” which appears in Radically Catholic in the Age of Francis: An Anthology of Visions For the Future, published by Solidarity Hall. In the summer of 2014, the Vatican
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Oct
16

Primitive and Irrational: Autopsy of a Social Dogma

Left to its own devices – and not subjected to political violence or interference from the towns – the economy of the smallholder peasantry is in fact healthy and durable...the Marxist (and, by extension also, the liberal-capitalist) view of the peasant as reactionary, backward, pover
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Oct
02

Systems Thinking and the Practice of Jubilee In “Laudato Si”

Presented originally at the Creatio Conference on September 26, 2015. In this brief presentation, I want to highlight two aspects of the current papacy that have received scant attention, both in Catholic circles as well as in the wider popular imagination. First, I hope to show from
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Sep
18

Who said it: Robert Moses or Wilson Fisk?

Which of the following quotes was said by the midcentury urban planner and archenemy of Jane Jacobs who cleared what he regarded as slums and razed what he regarded as dated architecture with a ruthlessness that has left its imprint on New York City to this day, and which by the "busi
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Sep
15

Henry Miller: Excerpts on a Traumatized Existence

I will never again sell anything, even if I have to starve…I want to prevent as many men as possible from pretending that they have to do this or that because they must earn a living. It is not true. One can starve to death—it is much better. Every man who voluntarily starves to death
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Sep
04

Radical Politics of Anachronism

...as both the Sanders campaign in America and the Corbyn campaign in Britain show, challenging certain prevailing ‘economic customs’ of the neoliberal corporate society is a remarkably easy way of being branded as out-of-step with the times.
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Aug
07

Hefenfelþ and Hiroshima

What is it about the threat of a nuclear explosion that most disturbs us and most discomforts us? Is it the sheer number of deaths it can cause? This would be the most obvious answer, and there is a great deal of truth in it: the thought of destruction occurring on a scale that takes
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Jul
22

The Confucian Self-institution Dialectic

"...obviously Confucius did value a government by good people much as classical Greek philosophers like Plato and Aristotle would have valued a philosopher-king to rule over them. But this is not an argument for liberalism, but instead an argument for virtue ethics. Calling both suppo
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Jun
26

What is Most Valuable in Russia’s Political Heritage?

Whereas, in respect to the United States, attention is directed toward shining ideals, in regards to Russia all of the attention is directed toward actions, whether real or more or less invented (and how is an ordinary person to know the difference?). It is constantly repeated that Ru
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Jun
25

Poem: Sentence Fragments

This poem by Kevin Hadduck will appear in Hymnody of the Blue Heron, to be published by WordTech Communications, Cherry Grove Imprint. Publication date April 2016.
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